Nothing will happen if you’re not working. Work is absolutely the only thing that will take away the foulness, the curse and the pain that comes from not working. And, once you begin, you will go to a place so strange, so filled with possibility, you’ve already put aside your fear. Allow yourself to get lost there; just follow whatever idiot thread you get on. I do! Art tells you something you didn’t need to know until you know it.
It’s worth pointing out the obvious: don’t take the first sentence literally. Saltz means that meaning comes from being “in” the creative process, not from being outside it, sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike. That last sentence is a banger!